KEY POINTS

  • A leaker shared images of Apple's new 20W power adapter
  • The adapter is expected to be shipped alongside iPhone 12 units
  • The adapter uses the USB-C PD standard

A leaker has shared photos of what he claims to be 20W power adapters that will be shipped with the new and upcoming iPhone 12 models.

According to images leaked online by a Twitter user named Mr.white, the new iPhone 12 handsets will come with a 20W USB-C PD power adapter in the box. The leaker shared several images, some of them showing the said charger having a transparent casing exposing its inner components, and an image showing the labels where “20W” is explicitly displayed.

The image that contains the descriptions indicates that the power adapter has the model number A2305. The adapter explicitly mentions that it has an output of 5 volts and 3 amps, or 9 volts and 2.2 amps, which translates to 20 watts of charging power. The leaker has deliberately covered up some details, likely to hide the identity of his source.

9To5Mac noted that the current flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro, comes with an 18W power adapter in the box. The lower-end iPhone 11, however, only comes with a 5W charger despite having support for the faster charging standard. The news of this 20W adapter indicates that Apple is upgrading its devices to support a faster charging standard, which can be expected to juice up devices in shorter time.

The leak, however, does not say whether Apple has decided to equip the iPhone 12 series with a USB-C port. The company has been using its proprietary Lightning port for years now, and it remains to be seen whether it will part with the special port or if it will finally embrace the more universal standard.

Previous reports indicated that the European Parliament has urged Apple and other tech companies to adopt one universal charging standard, in this case, USB-C. While the proposition is seen to result to some benefits over the long-term, including environmental benefits, it's unclear if Cupertino will make the jump and ditch Lightning.

A noted leaker previously claimed that Apple will continue to use Lightning on the iPhone 12. If the leaker's prediction proves true, then it will be very likely that the company will ship a Lightning to USB-C cable with the device.

iPhone 11 Pro Unboxing iPhone 11 Pro Photo: Aaron Yoo(CC BY-ND 2.0)